Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.09
Liaison Lissette Hernandez
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Florida International University
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.84 / 6.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 508,673.57 MMBtu 329,824.86 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 0.57 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (e.g., natural gas, fuel oil, propane/LPG, district chilled water, coal/coke, biomass) 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
Total 508,674.14 MMBtu 329,824.86 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016
Baseline Year July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

A brief description of when and why the building energy consumption baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

FIU signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007. This marks the first year any organized efforts to advance sustainability on campus began.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 9,886,975 Gross square feet 7,116,065 Gross square feet

Source-site ratio for grid-purchased electricity:

Total building energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Site energy 0.05 MMBtu per square foot 0.05 MMBtu per square foot
Source energy 0.16 MMBtu per square foot 0.15 MMBtu per square foot

Percentage reduction in total building energy consumption (source energy) per unit of floor area from baseline:

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F / 18 °C):
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 79 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 4,805 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 214,797 Square feet
Healthcare space 19,071 Square feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
10,863,754 Gross square feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
9.59 Btu / GSF / Degree-Day (°F)

Documentation (e.g. spreadsheet or utility records) to support the performance year energy consumption figures reported above:

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices in regard to energy efficiency (e.g. outreach and education efforts):

A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution (e.g. building temperature standards, occupancy and vacancy sensors):

As part of the Energy Management System (EMS) at FIU, timers are set to regulate temperatures based on occupancy hours. The Energy Management System centrally controls temperatures in all major buildings. Nighttime HVAC setback mode has been extended. Estimated savings between 3%-5% are being achieved by raising the temperature from 75°F to 80°F during night hours.

Central EMS control covers 95% of the buildings and the other 5% are freestanding small facilities with small A/C units.

A brief description of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and other energy-efficient lighting strategies employed by the institution:

The FIU Parking & Transportation Department manages six parking garages on the Modesto Maidique Campus. As a pilot project, the Blue Garage which has just over 1,000 parking spaces, was retrofit with LED lighting in 2011. The estimated savings from the project was $32,582 per year. The project was featured in an article in "Parking Today." With the success of Blue Garage, Parking & Transportation recently retrofit the Gold Garage in June 2013, that garage also has 1,002 parking spaces. Combined, over 800 lighting fixtures were retrofit. The Parking & Transportation Office is now looking into doing the perimeter lights around the garages as well.

There is also an installation of LED lighting near the Deuxieme Maison (DM) building on the Modesto Maidique Campus.

A brief description of passive solar heating, geothermal systems, and related strategies employed by the institution:


A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution, e.g. combined heat and power (CHP):


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment and systems with high efficiency alternatives (e.g. building re-commissioning or retrofit programs):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

For HDD and CDD, the performance year is July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016.

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